I will forever be connected to Switzerland and to La Réunion, through the experiences which I have recounted in part on this blog. How bizarre it was, then, to see La Réunion pop up on BBC News just weeks after my return to the UK. Switzerland, meanwhile, mainly garners media attention for its attitude to immigration and … More Update: Missing planes, immigration controversy and Swiss tennis
Home sweet home. – Some of you will know that I found this time abroad more difficult than any before. Being away at Christmas was the toughest time for me. Overall, transport and climate were probably the main issues. I am not stupid; I was well aware what the weather would be like in Reunion … More A Sort Of Homecoming
Save the best until last, they say. I can’t say that this will be the best blog post from my time in Reunion, but it might just be the most important – considering the amount of time that I have spent here on buses, or waiting for them at bus stops. Waiting at the bus … More Fast Cars (The Bus Post)
I had been doing pretty well with my blog since arriving in La Réunion… but it’s now been over a month since my last post. Luckily, there’s just time to post this so that I have something to show for the month of April. Now, suddenly, it’s the final countdown. An assistant’s contract finishes at … More Is That All?
My last post, which explained what I actually do as a language assistant in Reunion, was intended to follow shortly after la rentrée (the return to school at the end of January after the lengthy summer holidays). Alas, by the time I got round to writing it on Sunday 8th, only a week of school … More Electrical Storm
Did I ever explain what I’m actually doing here? I’m a language assistant. The title can mean a great many things depending on the school in which you find yourself. For me, it generally means taking half classes or sometimes full classes and trying to make them speak English. This is part of the British … More Some Days Are Better Than Others
Last weekend, we went into the heart of La Réunion, right into the cirque de Mafate, to visit a couple of schools and to teach the children there a little bit of English. Or, as I put it in the obligatory Facebook post, “I taught English in the mountains”. I have to say, it was … More Into The Heart